|Barked: Mon Jun 25, '12 10:53pm PST |
|Goodness. People become defensive over the most silly things.
Kodiak did not sound like a "soft" Akita from the way you described.
Lobo is what you would describe as a "soft" Akita. He is bold and confident, but polite, and will sit and sometimes lean against someone's leg while they're petting him. He accepts the pets of strangers, and, one they have been allowed in the house, is fine with them. He HAS shown protective tendencies - one in particular when a dog was barking at my brother, and Lobo was very quick to jump to the defense of my brother - even though my brother isn't particularly nice to Lobo.
What M&K and I were saying, was not to offend you, it was to potentially HELP you. I STILL stand by what I said, I hope seriously that you look for aid. Fear CAN lead to aggression - it's called being 'reactive'. Poppy is human-reactive. Poppy HAS bitten before, and I know for a fact that if we don't continue working with him, he WILL bite again.
The book "Scaredy Dog!" by Ali Brown has helped us(though this book is more for reactive dogs), as well as "Behavior Adjustment Training" by Grisha Stewart. The website fearfuldogs.com has also helped us. We were not able to afford a behaviorist nor a personal trainer, though I thankfully have a trainer friend who also owns a reactive dog, and she has helped me.
It is not a bad thing for a dog to be fearful. You shouldn't feel offended by what we think your dog feels. Instead, I fully recommend you research fearful-dog behavior and body language, so that you know precisely what to look for. And from then, understand what Kodiak's triggers are, and from there, help Kodiak to be a healthier, happier pup.
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